Opinion: Support workers play vital role in modern education

01/30/2008 | Seattle Times, The

More school employees are required to be highly trained to maintain software and equipment, keep children healthy and assist teachers with students with special needs, but Washington state's funding formula has not considered these added roles, writes former state representative and educator Randy Dorn, executive director of the school-support workers union. Districts are expected to make up the shortfall via local levies, which puts schools in competition for vital funds when budgets are stretched thin, Dorn notes.

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